The best 5 ways to reduce energy consumption at home
Here at Strongman Removals and Storage, we are determined to help people when they move house as much as possible with our comprehensive removals service. However, we understand that in today’s world, moving to a new home comes with additional worries about energy bills. This blog has been compiled by our experts to reveal the best 5 ways that you can reduce your energy consumption at home to save money on gas and electricity bills and reduce your carbon footprint.
1. Get a smart meter
If you don’t already have a smart meter, consider contacting your energy supplier for a free installation. They can take a few hours to install but this can be one of the easiest steps you take to reduce your energy consumption. They allow you to see how much energy your home is using in real-time so that you are more aware of your energy consumption. You can set a daily budget and be alerted when you are going over it. This can give you a better insight into which appliances in your home are boosting your consumption so that you can make informed decisions about how often you use them.
2. Insulate your home
Investing in good home insulation is vital for reducing energy consumption because it reduces the amount of heat that can escape, meaning your central heating does not have to work as hard. Doors, windows, walls and rooves are all areas that allow draughts in and heat out, so investing in double or triple glazing, cavity wall insulation and roof insulation can all help.
3. Choose energy efficient appliances
Try to use high-energy appliances sparingly and choose other options wherever possible, such as air drying clothes instead of using the tumble dryer. If you buy new appliances, check their EU energy-efficient rating first to ensure they will not unnecessarily bump up your energy consumption with wasted usage.
4. Turn down the thermostat
Turning down your thermostat by just one degree is one of the most impactful ways you can reduce your energy consumption at home. Even in winter, this shouldn’t affect the temperature in your home significantly but can go far in reducing your monthly bills.
5. Turn appliances off
Many of us leave appliances like TVs and computer monitors on when they are not used which can add significantly to our energy consumption. The hours of wasted energy, even if they are on “standby” mode, can be easily avoided by switching appliances off at the wall whenever they are not in use.